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Mourinho: United’s defeat to Newcastle was beautiful

Jose Mourinho credited Newcastle United’s fighting spirit as they beat Manchester United 1-0.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho described his side’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday as “beautiful”.

The Red Devils suffered second away defeat in a row in the Premier League thanks to 65th-minute strike from Matt Ritchie, which extended Mourinho’s miserable run at St James’ Park to seven league games without a win but Mourinho was happy to praise the home side for the performance, though, rather than criticise his own players for a hugely disappointing performance.

Mourinho said: “They fought like animals and I mean that as a compliment, They gave everything they had and the gods of football were with them. It wasn’t going to happen for us but also they gave what they have and what they don’t have and that’s a beautiful thing in football. They must have the best feeling of all, sometimes a better feeling than when you play fantastically well and are better than the opponent.”

“I think a point was what they had in mind. We made a defensive mistake with the free-kick [in the build-up to the goal] and, when they were in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet. It was not just up to them but also the gods of football, but it was a beautiful way to win the match.”

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